Microelectronic Systems

Course description

METHODOLOGY OF DESIGN: Top-down and bottom-up microelectronic design methodology and the use of modern CAD tools.

COMPLEX ANALOG/DIGITAL MODULES: A/D and D/A converters, phase locked loops, phase detectors, complex filters, etc.


Matlab/Simulink and Verilog-AMS description and simulations of mixed-signal microelectronic systems including sensors and actuators, simulations of microelectronic systems on different levels, tools for co-simulations.

PARASITIC EFFECTS: basics effects of leakage, noise, crosstalk in integrated circuits.


Effects of reducing the channel length, new elements, influence to the design process of digital and analogue integrated circuits and microelectronic systems, power consumption optimisation.

BASICS OF TESTING MICROELECTRONIC SYSTEMS: basics of testability, BIST and reliability of microelectronic systems.

Course is carried out on study programme

Elektrotehnika 2. stopnja

Objectives and competences

The main objectives of the curse are to teach students the principles of the design of mixed-signal integrated circuits, systems, and its building blocks. In addition, they will learn to perform the analysis if existing circuits and the synthesis of new circuits needed to be able to design a mixed-signal microelectronic system. In addition, they will learn how to use modern CAD design tools and modern description languages for efficient modeling and simulation of a mixed signal microelectronic systems, sensors and actuators.

The students will get also insight into the trends of implementation practices of modern microelectronic systems in the future.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures to learn the basic theoretical concepts, methods and building blocks and the integration of microelectronic systems. The lectures will include solving selected problems. In addition, invited lectures will take place if possible. During lecture time, each student will present the seminar work according to the selected theme.

Laboratory work will consist of practical work related to the design of microelectronic system modelling and simulation using Matlab/Simulink.

Intended learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, the students should be able to:

  • Use basic theorems of sampling, quantization, ztransformation etc. for analysis, synthesis and design of microelectronic system.
  • Understanding complex specifications.
  • Design of simple mixed signal analog/digital circuits and systems in CMOS technology.
  • Modeling of microelectronic system on high hierarchical level using tools (Matlab, VerilogAMS).
  • Use of existing modules to build the microelectronic system.
  • Use of modern CAD tools for design, simulations and analysis of simple microelectronic system on a high hierarchical level.
  • Evaluation of simulation results and comparison to the specifications.
  • Evaluation of the influence of parasitic elements to the parameters of the microelectronic system.
  • Understanding the testability concepts

Reference nosilca

  1. STRLE, Drago, NAHTIGAL, Uroš, BATISTELL, Graciele, ZHANG, Vincent Chi, OFNER, Erwin, FANT, Andrea, STURM, Johannes. Integrated high resolution digital color light sensor in 130 nm CMOS technology. Sensors, ISSN 1424-8220, Jul. 2015, vol. 15, no. 7, pp. 17786-17807.
  2. STRLE, Drago, ŠTEFANE, Bogdan, NAHTIGAL, Uroš, ZUPANIČ, Erik, POŽGAN, Franc, KVASIĆ, Ivan, MAČEK, Marijan, TRONTELJ, Janez, MUŠEVIČ, Igor. Surface-functionalized COMB capacitive sensors and CMOS electronics for vapor trace detection of explosives. IEEE sensors journal, ISSN 1530-437X. May 2012, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 1048-1057.
  3. STRLE, Drago, TRONTELJ, Janez. On self-aware mixed-signal systems based on [sigma]-[delta] ADC. International journal of embedded and real-time communication systems, ISSN 1947-3176, Apr.-Jun. 2012, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 92-110.
  4. GREGOROVIČ, Alan, APIH, Tomaž, KVASIĆ, Ivan, LUŽNIK, Janko, PIRNAT, Janez, TRONTELJ, Zvonko, STRLE, Drago, MUŠEVIČ, Igor. Capacitor-based detection of nuclear magnetization: Nuclear quadrupole resonance of surfaces. Journal of magnetic resonance, ISSN 1090-7807, 2011, vol. 209, no. 1, pp. 79-82.
  5. STRLE, Drago, KEMPE, Volker. MEMS-based inertial systems. Informacije MIDEM, ISSN 0352-9045, Dec. 2007, year. 37, no. 4, pp. 199-209.

Study materials

  1. P.J. Ashenden, "The systems designers guide to VHDL-AMS," Morgan Kaufmann publ., 2003.
  2. R. Plasche, "Integrated Analog-to-digital and Digital-to-analog Converters, "Kluwer Academic publishers, 200
  3. F. Maloberti, "Data Converters, " Springer, 2007.
  4. G.T.A. Kovacs, "Microamchinned transducers source book," McGraw-Hill, 1998.
  5. Kopije prosojnic predavanj in navodila za laboratorijske vaje/Copies of lecture slides and instructions for laboratory exercises http://lmfe.fe.uni-lj.si/predmeti-vsi/mikroelektronski-sistemi/

Bodi na tekočem

Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, Tržaška cesta 25, 1000 Ljubljana

E:  dekanat@fe.uni-lj.si T:  01 4768 411